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Born: 1961-04-06
Profession: Comedian
Nation: British
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British politics is more nuanced. Part of the problem with New Labour is that they are a moving target.

Tags: Moving, Politics, Problem

I am just fascinated by this reassurance from a menacing figure. It is rather frightening.

Tags: Fascinated, Figure, Rather

I had an Edinburgh, middle-class childhood and a public school education.

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I'm much more used to the TV shows, which are demanding to write and perform but very fulfilling.

Tags: Shows, Used, Write

I've no idea what they make of me. People usually don't recognise themselves in an impression.

Tags: Idea, Impression, Themselves

In a more intellectually rigorous age, I wouldn't be talked about as a satirist at all. I would just be a topical comedian.

Tags: Age, Comedian, Rigorous

My first public impression was my French teacher, Derek Swift.

Tags: Impression, Public, Teacher

Now I'm instantly nervous about the demands of doing a weekly column.

Tags: Column, Nervous, Weekly

People may say that what I do is very clever, but it's not really at all. It's not Swift.

Tags: Clever, May, Swift

Politics now is rather like going into Starbucks for a coffee.

Tags: Coffee, Politics, Rather

But let's be clear. We're talking about a country where there's no opposition. As leader he can ignore Parliament and - sorry that's Tony Blair isn't it? Um, so he doesn't even have to ask the country before he goes to war - sorry that's still Tony Blair.

Tags: Ignore, Sorry, War

I remember driving home one evening while they were reviewing the papers on the radio. One of the articles was about me separating from my wife. It's a weird thing to listen to a news report about the break-up of your marriage.

Tags: Home, Marriage, Wife

I'm supposed to be the director of a television company, but I've only ever seen that company as a vehicle for making the kind of programmes we wanted to make, getting our ideas on the screen.

Tags: Getting, Making, Wanted

If you put garbage in a computer nothing comes out but garbage. But this garbage, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and none dare criticize it.

Tags: Criticize, Dare, Put

It is a weird thing, because most people tend to get more conservative as they get older, but I find myself going the opposite way. I am sure that by the end I will be selling Marxist pamphlets on the Holloway Road.

Tags: End, Older, Road

Or the Department of Education and another ministry were worried about duplication of effort, so what did they do? They set up two committees to look into duplication and neither knew what the other was up to. It really is a world beyond parody.

Tags: Another, Education, Effort

So to recap: we may or may not be going to war with Iraq because Saddam may or may not have weapons of mass destruction, which he may or may not use, or pass to other terrorists groups with whom he may or may not have links.

Tags: May, Pass, War

We are rather in the position that used to exist at the BBC, where you feel that you can pick up the phone to people who are experts in their field and they will be very favourably disposed to you and share their knowledge.

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When I was growing up, there were just the three channels, so as a nation we all sat down to the same meal at the end of the day. Now there's been this explosion.

Tags: End, Nation, Three

When you consider what Tony Blair was saying about liberty, human rights and that sort of thing, it would be terribly revolutionary to sell the speeches he and Jack Straw made in 1994.

Tags: Human, Liberty, Saying

In a happy marriage it is the wife who provides the climate, the husband the landscape.

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Miller is not really a writer but a non-stop talker to whom someone has given a typewriter.

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Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values. That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values.

Tags: Ideas, Importance, Values

Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions.

Tags: Opinions, Sense, Wisdom

A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.

Tags: Fool, Living, Old

As I get older I seem to believe less and less and yet to believe what I do believe more and more.

Tags: Less, Older, Seem
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Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.

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If you wish to be brothers, let the arms fall from your hands. One cannot love while holding offensive arms.

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Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death does.

Tags: Age, Death, Talent

The cliche is dead poetry.

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Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know that it is money.

Tags: Love, Money, Poor

We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.

Tags: Closer, Endure, Few

We confess our bad qualities to others out of fear of appearing naive or ridiculous by not being aware of them.

Tags: Bad, Fear, Others

You generally hear that what a man doesn't know doesn't hurt him, but in business what a man doesn't know does hurt.

Tags: Business, Him, Hurt
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